A motel, somewhere in the USA, right in the middle of nowhere. A young boy grows up here, with no school, no friends and only his alcoholic father and the motel’s guests to relate to.
“The Boy” has been praised by indie movie sites all over the place, but it does not live up to this reputation. First of all the Kid is not threatening at all. As the film heads on, he does some hideous, evil things, but at no point, he seems somewhat threatening. There just is no tension building up. Nothing against a slow pace, but all those landscape shots and other filler just don’t add anything to the story. Even more problematic, they assure that all tension that might build up gets worn out eventually.
Let me bring another film, that is just partly comparable to this: “let’s talk about Kevin”. That one is not even categorized as a horror movie, but it scared the living shit out of me. That boy was 100% evil, and what makes him even more threatening, he had absolutely no excuse or reason to be that way.
Also, WNTTAK had no filler. Every second was necessary for the story, which is also why the film never loses tension. With the boy, there was about 30 Minutes of actually needed film material, and the rest consists of shots of the landscape, the motel… etc.
“The Boy” is watchable and I am sure that it is enjoyable to quite a couple of people, but exquisite it’s not.
This is one of those films that you watch and at the end come to the conclusion: “could have been worse”, which makes it even more surprising that they have planned this as a trilogy. If the other two follow the same route, then they could have just as well have cut the filler material out and turn this trilogy into an exciting 90 minute film.